(Closed) Cheap Veils on Ebay – Get what you pay for?

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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@chronicwhimsy:  The difference is in material and craftsmanship. You’ll either get cheap netting with crystals glued on or silk tulle with crystals sewn on. Embellishments always up the cost because they can get labor intensive. Most veils are poly or nylon tulle (like bridal illusion)- it holds its shape well and isn’t extremely expensive. Honestly, unless you’re a fabric person or really love the feel of silk tulle, no reason to splurge on it, it gets very expensive very fast.

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Veils are a ridiculous profit driver for bridal shops. For the most part, they cost very little to make – they don’t require much in the way of sewing skills, and although material costs vary a fair bit, the shops charge many, many times what the veils actually cost them and they get enormous profits from them. Yes, there is some difference between a veil made of bridal illusion and one made of silk tulle, and one embellished with lace appliques or edging, crystals, etc., vs. raw-edged, but for the most part there is no earthly reason to pay the kind of prices they charge in bridal shops.

Bridal illusion is an inexpensive material, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid it. If you want a veil with some shape and volume, it’s a better choice for you than silk tulle. If the ebay or Etsy veil has the right kind of lace for you, it’s worth checking it out. Eleven pounds isn’t too much to risk, right?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I went the middle route and am ordering my veil from Jasmines!  I didnt want to pay the boutique price and I didnt want to risk having a super cheap veil either…

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@chronicwhimsy:  Well for such a low price, it’s not a huge loss if it looks terrible!  If it’s coming from China, I’d be wary – it’s may be poor quality. I bought a lace dress from ebay that came from China that looked similar to the pictures (but pictures were not of real item) but was really cheap material.  It only cost $15 and free shipping so I said f-it if it sucks I’m not out much $.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

If you only like simple veils, they are so easy to make. The only real expense would be the lace edging.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@KCKnd2:  Craftsmanship for veils can actually be very tricky. Tulle is a difficult material to sew since it snags easily and bunches. If you’re just looking for a plain ole simple veil, that’s one thing, but add beading and lace and it can take quite a while to make. Not to mention, silk tulle at $100-$150 a yard is extremely expensive.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I bought couple of my veils on Ebay (yes a couple) couldn’t figure out which one I wanted paid $25-30 dollars for them and they were great condition unfortunately my cat destroyed both and I ended up with one from my bridal shop that they gave me.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I got mine from myweddingaisle.com. i turned to online sites when I found out the cost of veils from bridal stores – well considering the store rent I wouldn’t blame them for charging more. For people on a budget, i am satisfied with the veil I ordered online. For the veil I got, it was at least one half cheaper than the quote I got from  the bridal store. The quality is the same, stitching, cutting, and material is good So I say go buy your veil online. for your budget you would want something more to complement the dress.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I got one on ebay and it is OK.  The quality actually seems pretty decent.  What’s difficult is knowing what you want without trying on.  I got a two layer elbow length ivory and I didn’t really like it that much when I put it on.  Now I think I want a one layer in white, so I’ll probably be buying another one.  I guess for the price I can buy several, versus one in a shop, but it does seem a bit wasteful!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I bought one and it seems fine.  Very simple, ivory, two layer, elbow length.  I was on the fence about wearing a veil at all but I really liked this one and the price was great. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

 

@CandyO:  looks like only have 6 posts and they are all about myweddingaisle.com…. Troll…. Clearly no one can trust that site. Brides,beware!!!! Troll alert! 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I bought two from Venus Veils on Ebay.  I loved the first that I bought… the details were glued, but that won’t show up in photos.   I decided it wasn’t what I wanted in a veil.  Then I bought another one… just a plain, raw edge chapel length… and I love it!  It was only $16 for the second. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Veils are the pinnicle example of the wedding industrial complex taking brides for a ride.  Whether the fabric costs $2/yd or $200/yd, it will probably look about the same.  I got my veil at a craft store for less than $10 (presewn, comb included, I just spent all of 10 minutues attaching it to the comb, though it had loops for the comb so that was probably unnecessary), and it looked exactly like the $200 veils at the bridal salon.

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